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The Lost Wife: A Novel | [Alyson Richman]

The Lost Wife: A Novel

In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.
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Publisher's Summary

In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

©2011 Alyson Richman (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Amazon Customer Utah 03-15-13
    Amazon Customer Utah 03-15-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Incredible Story"

    What a surprise to find that this story is based on things that really happened. I loved this story, I loved the writing, the narration, and the incredible ending. Please listen to this one. It will restore your faith in mankind.

    19 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Cookie Anacortes, WA, United States 10-29-12
    Cookie Anacortes, WA, United States 10-29-12

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    "so close."

    I am writing a bad review about a book I loved. Here is an author who could have, and should have gone the extra step. That is take on the impossible challenge of writing the rest of the story, but she didn't.
    There are so many books out there covering the same ground, and even the great (War and Remembrance comes to mind, The Seamstress, even the Hiding Place) didn't handle the what happened next very well. But I feel like I made it though all that and I wanted an ending.
    Alyson Richmond has the ability to make her characters hold on to your heart, they may be you grandmother /father, you love them. I really feel cheated of the rest of the story, this is one author who could have done it, but didn't. I guess I feel like pouting, sorry but this was an epic missed opportunity, and it just makes me sad. The narrators are transcendent , awesome writing and perfect narration, just needed the last three chapters...

    23 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany LaBella 04-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Beautiful Love Story"
    Would you listen to The Lost Wife again? Why?

    Yes. It was very well written and kept me intrigued the entire time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the way it was told by weaving together Josef and Lenka's points of view.


    What does George Guidall and Suzanne Toren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought that their performances brought a level of emotion to this story that I would have missed if I had read it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I tried to listen to it as much as I could just to find out what happened!


    Any additional comments?

    Although I usually stay away from books about WW2, I am very glad I took a chance on The Lost Wife. It was sad and beautiful, although I would have liked more at the end. I felt like we spent so long with these characters and then didn't get to see what they do after they meet again. But maybe that is just me not wanting the book to end :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Texas 04-29-14
    Amazon Customer Texas 04-29-14 Member Since 2007

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    "Riveting with remarkable characterizations."

    A pleasant surprise, with a depth of characterization and great sensitivity in dealing with the material. very worthwhile listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy United States 04-25-14
    Wendy United States 04-25-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Not a love story but a story of love"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lost Wife the most enjoyable?

    The poignant delivery by the narrators


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost Wife?

    Liesel's denial that the smoke stacks at Auschwitz were anything other than "industry"


    What about George Guidall and Suzanne Toren ’s performance did you like?

    For a story that spanned 70 years they were always true to the ages of their characters


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no - but never do


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended, poignant, sometimes chilling but never melodramatic

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Tarpon Springs, FL, United States 04-14-14
    Denise Tarpon Springs, FL, United States 04-14-14 Member Since 2011
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    "LOVED IT!"
    If you could sum up The Lost Wife in three words, what would they be?

    I never wanted it to end. Wonderful reading. Excellent story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favorite..I loved Linka and Joseph..Sweet story.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall and Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

    Can't choose


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he realizes who she is.


    Any additional comments?

    Read...listen to it their voices make the book. I cannot imagine it being any better..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Houston, TX United States 04-12-14
    Daryl Houston, TX United States 04-12-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Lost and Found Revisited"

    This novel is based on actual events. The Holocaust provides the background to this story and it shows how so many millions of people were affected and those effects still condition our society today. I am sure that this story was repeated time and again as victims of the Nazis tried to reconnect to family members who were lost in chaos upon chaos at the end of the war and the following years. One thing that this novel has in it is art and how it was used as a weapon against the Nazis. If you are an artist or appreciate art and art history, this book provides an alternate path of interest for you other than the plot. I enjoyed this book as it reveals how our shared humanity forms a true bond with every person on the planet. There are two main characters who tell the story and the publisher wisely chose to use a male narrator for the man and a female narrator for the woman. This really aids in clarity to an audible book. If you're interested in the Holocaust and another "branch" of it, then this is a good book for you. I certainly enjoyed it.

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    Katherine SOUTHGATE, MI, United States 03-23-14
    Katherine SOUTHGATE, MI, United States 03-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved every minute of it!"
    What did you love best about The Lost Wife?

    The story was superb and the narrations elevated it to another level. Almost as it you were watching the story in your mind!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The details and descriptions of the horrors endured at the camps.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I have not read the book in print I image it is better as an audible book. The accents and feelings portrayed by the narrators makes the characters come to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Todd United States 02-26-14
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    "Lovely and heartbreaking."
    What made the experience of listening to The Lost Wife the most enjoyable?

    This book captured me from the start.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I sat in my car and cried at the end.


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    Lynne Aurora, CO 02-12-14
    Lynne Aurora, CO 02-12-14 Member Since 2006
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    "So much, and yet - not too much!"

    This book found the important balance between tragedy and evil on the one side and strength and character to overcome it all on the other side. Sometimes an author can create a story about losing everything without losing oneself. In these stories the characters, while you mourn with them for their loses and for the impact of those loses on their lives, you still experience the resiliency of human spirit to make a life in the wake of it all. This book was so good I bought it for others as a gift.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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